Steve Hanson

Steve Hanson

Steve is a web designer and runs the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. In his spare time he makes beer and wine, and has a life-long interest in music of all types. Part of his role there is to develop this web site, and to run the hosting portion of the business.

My particular skills include web developing and hosting, music (particularly 60-70's popular music and opera -- that is eclectic enough). I am also a beer, wine, cider, and mead maker.  I am on the board at Menomonie Market Food Co-op and have a strong interest in politics, local government, and local foods. Additionally, I am currently on the Steering Committee of the Citizen Action Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin, and am the Vice President of the Dunn County Wisconsin Farmers Union chapter.  I run a political blog at Uppity Wisconsin.

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Yesterday, February 19

  • 7:30pm

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    In general anyone who believes that in the highly-charged partisan atmosphere of the state and the country that judicial candidates will not bring their own viewpoints to the court is fooling themself. You have a choice between a candidate who is running openly as a progressive/Democrat, one who has clear leanings in that direction, and one who is clearly of a conservative bent. Personally I believe we have had quite enough of a court that seems to always back the current conservative state government, and it would be nice to have another person on the court who would be more open to ruling against big business in the state. But it's your choice, and your vote - all I ask is that you actually get out to the polls and express your opinion.
     
    In general anyone who believes that in the highly-charged partisan atmosphere of the state and the country that judicial candidates will not bring their own viewpoints to the court is fooling themself. You have a choice between a candidate who is running openly as a progressive/Democrat, one who has clear leanings in that direction, and one who is clearly of a conservative bent. Personally I believe we have had quite enough of a court that seems to always back the current conservative state government, and it would be nice to have another person on the court who would be more open to ruling against big business in the state. But it's your choice, and your vote - all I ask is that you actually get out to the polls and express your opinion.
     
    Other primary elections are sprinkled across the state. In the Chippewa Valley most people will have an opportunity to vote for local school board candidates. These are extremely important seats and will guide the schools in your local district. Your vote matters. Don't throw it away. Some links are provided below to help you out with finding your polling place, registering on-line (yes, you can do this on-line, bring the paperwork and your documentation, and finish your registration at the polls). 
     
    Other primary elections are sprinkled across the state. In the Chippewa Valley most people will have an opportunity to vote for local school board candidates. These are extremely important seats and will guide the schools in your local district. Your vote matters. Don't throw it away. Some links are...
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  • 7:11pm

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  • 7:11pm

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    Find your polling place, register, and see what is on your ballot (https://myvote.wi.gov)
     
    Find your polling place, register, and see what is on your ballot (https://myvote.wi.gov)
     
    Wisconsin Elections Commission (http://elections.wi.gov)
     
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    Voter ID Information (https://www.bringitwisconsin.com/)
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  • 7:08pm

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  • 7:06pm

    Tomorrow is election day in Wisconsin. Important elections are up throughout the state. Everyone in the state has an opportunity to vote in the primary election for State Supreme Court. the Supreme Court race is interesting as it has candidates of very different judicial attitudes. Tim Burns is running as an unabashed liberal, and essentially as a Democrat, despite this being a non-partisan race. Sauk County Circuit Judge Michale Screnock claims to be non-partisan, and that he will not create law from the bench - yet he is endorsed by the NRA, has hired GOP consultants for his campaign, and has accepted in-kind donations from the state Republican Party. He has also made a large point in his advertising of the fact that he was appointed by Governor Walker, which I can only take as a conservative dog-whistle statement. Rebecca Dallet has criticized the president, and has made a strong point of having values that are not reflected by the national Republicans. Dallet has a long history as a judge, but has been highly criticized by progressives for some of her rulings. 

    In general anyone who believes that in the highly-charged partisan atmosphere of the state and the country that judicial candidates will not bring their own viewpoints to the court is fooling themself. You have a choice between a candidate who is running openly as a progressive/Democrat, one who has clear leanings in that direction, and one who is clearly of a conservative bent. Personally I believe we have had quite enough of a court that seems to always back the current conservative state government, and it would be nice to have another person on the court who would be more open to ruling against big business in the state. But it's your choice, and your vote - all I ask is that you actually get out to the polls and express your opinion.

    Other primary elections are sprinkled across the state. In the Chippewa Valley most people will have an opportunity to vote for local school board candidates. These are extremely important seats and will guide the schools in your local district. Your vote matters. Don't throw it away. Some links are provided below to help you out with finding your polling place, registering on-line (yes, you can do this on-line, bring the paperwork and your documentation, and finish your registration at the polls). 

    One last note - weather and roads are likely to be terrible tomorrow in some parts of the state. This may impact people getting out to vote, and may even impact the elections sites in some places. Note that there is no way to postpone an election (short of a state of emergency being issued by the Governor) so the election will be tomorrow no matter what the weather is like. So - go vote, it's important. But be careful and stay safe.

  • 4:36pm

    Voter registration booths will be set up at locations across the Chippewa Valley where knowledgeable volunteers will be ready to work with anyone who needs help registering to vote in advance of the upcoming spring election on Tuesday, April 3rd.

    --- Eau Claire, LE Phillips Public Library, Chippewa Room, 12-7pm
    --- Eau Claire, UWEC Davies Center, 1st floor, 10am-2pm
    --- Eau Claire North High School (students only) 10am-2pm
    --- Menomonie, Menomonie Market Food Coop, 2-7pm
    --- Chippewa Falls, Public Library, Meeting Room 12-7pm
    --- Colfax, Public Library, 4-7pm
    --- See below for detailed location addresses

    Individuals wishing to register should bring a proof of residency document such as a utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, residential lease, or a cell phone bill. If an individual possesses a current DMV-issued photo identification card, they should also bring it along. If an individual has moved since last voting, they must re-register in order to vote.

    This regional voter registration drive is part of a non-partisan effort called “Chippewa Valley Votes”, organized by local volunteers, that helps citizens participate in the democratic process through services including registration, education, and assistance with navigating the photo ID process. The event is held in partnership with the League of Women Voters-Greater Chippewa Valley chapter.

    --- LE Phillips Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire Chippewa Room (downstairs)
    --- UWEC Davies Center, 77 Roosevelt Ave, Eau Claire downstairs, 10am-2pm
    --- North High School, Eau Claire (students only) 10am-2pm
    --- Menomonie Market Food Coop, 814 Main Street East, Menomonie
    --- Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W Central St, Chippewa Falls, Meeting Room (near front entrance)
    --- Colfax Public Library, 613 Main St, Colfax

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